Case Studies - Warmer Sussex

Period Home in Hove

When Jasmin and Liam bought their home it was in a poor state, so they knew they had a big renovation job on their hands.  They were moving from a basement flat which was constantly cold and had high energy bills, so undertaking a retrofit with the aim of having a warm and energy efficient home was the priority.  They faced some challenges along the way, but their home is now a stylish and cosy space.

Their home is a period property, which had old double glazed windows that had been poorly installed and there was no insulation in the loft or walls.  As well as getting the house into a good state of repair, they wanted to extend the living space downstairs and convert the loft.

As they had to rent a property to live in at the same time as paying the mortgage – their key challenges were time and money.  They undertook some of the work themselves and found a local builder to do the more technical works including the ground floor extension. 

Unfortunately, that builder wasn't up to the job - a number of critical mistakes were made which nearly ended in disaster... they urgently had to find someone who could help them resolve the problems and complete the building works.  Alex at Bright Green Homes was recommended, but they had thought he might have been outside of their budget – however his expertise and efficient working ensured that the mistakes were rectified promptly, Jasmin and Liam could now be confident their money was now being invested wisely.

Improvements made:

  • Ground floor extension with underfloor heating and energy efficient bi-fold doors

  • All windows replaced with energy efficient double glazing

  • All external and internal walls insulated

  • Loft converted and fully insulated

Warmer Sussex can help you identify what improvements need to be made and come up with a phased plan that you can budget for alongisde your Whole House Plan.  Our network of local vetted contractors  - which includes Alex at Bright Green Homes - removes concerns you may have about a builder not being up to the job.  In addtion, our Retrofit Coordinators will create detailed specifications for all contractors and regularly check progress.

Jasmin and Liam now have that cosy home they wanted, and one that their neighbours notice is warmer than their not yet retrofitted homes.

“Insulate as much as you can and get the best quality you can afford”.